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  1. jumpingpolarbear
    Member

    Just a stupid yes/no question. Now that the alt tag for images seems to be the most important, there is no gain in SEO by having a title too?

    The blog I need help with is jumpingpolarbear.com.

  2. blogpadproeditor
    Member

    I believe the alt tag is the most important, as it's what screen readers use. Also Google confirmed last year that it mainly uses alt tag info to index images.

    It's probably good practice to add a title tag in too though - I read somewhere that if you have a link on your image you should use the title tag to describe where you image links through to.

    Sorry I can't be more specific. If in doubt its probably best to use both, but just word them slightly differently

    Hope that helps! :)

  3. blogpadproeditor
    Member

    I believe the alt tag is the most important, as it's what screen readers use. Also Google confirmed last year that it mainly uses alt tag info to index images.

    It's probably good practice to add a title tag in too though - I read somewhere that if you have a link on your image you should use the title tag to describe where you image links through to.

    Sorry I can't be more specific. If in doubt its probably best to use both, but just word them slightly differently

    Hope that helps! :)

  4. blogpadproeditor
    Member

    oops sorry, didn't mean to post that twice!!

  5. jumpingpolarbear
    Member

    Thanks for the help man :)

  6. Having both title and alt on an image is redundant and can hurt SEO, so title was retired. The current cascade is to ignore title and to use alt. If alt is empty then caption is used. If both alt and caption are empty then title is used as the fallback.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/new-media-upgrade-has-major-flaws-wordpress-support-please?replies=26#post-1081464
    more here:
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/new-media-upgrade-has-major-flaws-wordpress-support-please?replies=26#post-1081764

    Accessibility
    It's important to understand this from accessibility perspective. Alternate text (ALT) attribute is important in situations when an image cannot be loaded and also assists visually impaired people who use apps to read ALT attribute, so what’s in a picture is known.
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/01/08/get-the-most-out-of-image-search/

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